The Bureau, also known as Le Bureau des Legendes, is a political thriller television series in the French Language created by the acclaimed French director and screenwriter Eric Rochant. The series is also directed and produced by showrunner Rochant along with Alex Berger and Pascal Breton, among others. The filming locations of the show include Paris, Syria, Algeria, and Iran.
The show that first premiered on the premium French television network, Canal+ on April 27, 2015, focuses on France’s major external security service, General Directorate of External Security or the DGSE. It received positive reviews and quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest French dramas series to date. Unsurprisingly, the show got renewed for a second season. The series soon premiered in Canada and the US exclusively on iTunes, earning a position in the top five most downloaded TV series for two weeks, with a high viewer rating. The series went on to win the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Award, Le Parisien Award, Globes de Cristal Award for Best Series, and French TV Critics Association Awards for Best Production. Given the popularity of the show, it was acquired by Sundance Now to be broadcast in the US. In the UK, the show premiered in 2016 on Amazon Prime and in Germany, it was broadcast on RTL Crime.
Alex Berger, the producer of the series, shared his most emotional moment in an interview and shed a light on the difficulties they faced. He said, “We wanted to be as accurate as possible for the series. We contacted the DGSC and asked if we could interview someone. At first they said no, but when we told them that the project involved Eric Rochant they called back and agreed. When we showed the first two episodes to them it was one of the most emotional moments in my life.” He added: “We were taken through the DGSC building through a tunnel to another section. We entered a dark room. We heard the closing titles and then the lights came up and we saw there were 300 secret service agents watching. They gave us a standing ovation. We were utterly taken aback. They all thanked us and said it was right on the nail. None of these people can tell their families what they do. But this series is so realistic it gets the message across.”
The Bureau Cast: who’s in it?
Following are the primary cast members of the show:
Guillaume Debailly (played by Mathieu Kassovitz) is code-named as ‘Malotru’. He has a daughter, an ex-wife in Paris, and a girlfriend from Damascus.
Marina Loiseau (played by Sara Giraudeau) is code-named as ‘Phenomene’. She is a young, brilliant woman who is under vigorous training to become the next deep-cover agent.